The Holy Spirit bestows two things upon believers: fruits and gifts. This post will explore both of these.
In the contest over which is more important or desirable in the life of the believer, fruit wins hands down. According to Galatians 5, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If you want to know whether a Christian or preacher of the gospel is on the level, don’t look for the exercise of gifts, such as healing or tongues. These can be faked or worked by deceiving spirits. Instead, look for the fruits. This command comes from Jesus himself:
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them [emphasis added]. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:15-20).
I like how he says it twice. 🙂
The fruit of the Spirit defines the true Christian and delineates godliness from worldliness. You might be surprised to learn that the world has nine fruits of its own that should not have any place in the lives of believers. They are: Continue reading